Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo by night

Written by on April 1, 2012 in Destinations - 4 Comments

I spent about a week in Sarajevo, the City of Roses. During my time in the city, I fell in love with it. I chased Angelina Jolie for a story, I took numerous walking tours and learned about the dark past and vibrant present of the city, and I explored the juxtaposition of the battle scars from the war in the 90s to today’s positive and upbeat lifestyle.

While I was there, it was Ramadan, and each night a single firework would explode to mark the end of the observance for the day.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The founder of Vegans, Baby, you can normally find her hanging out at vegan restaurants around town, exploring the beauty of the desert southwest or camped out at a coffee shop banging on a keyboard. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

4 Comments on " Daily Wanderlust: Sarajevo by night "

  1. Brainy Pint Sizer April 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm · Reply

    Found out about your blog post via @AbbyTegnelia (Twitter)…it brought back memories! I, too, have been to Bosnia (my dear friend and “niece” live there) and I visited…I think it’s now about 6 years ago. It was a whirlwind 10 days in Bosnia (with a side trip to Croatia). I loved Sarajevo, but I will admit, it was very sad to see bullet-riddled buildings from the war and the grave sites. Sad even to know that the city was once so beautiful as an Olympic venue. I did turn some heads…lots of heads, but I found most people to be warm and friendly. I’m longing to return — but not looking forward to the long flight (I flew from New York to Germany to Austria to Bosnia). P.S. Did you go whitewater rafting? If you didn’t, in a word: Terrific. And in a secondary word: Terrifying.

    • Diana April 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm · Reply

      Welcome! I felt the same way about Sarajevo — the contrast between love and pain, life and death. And, I love how passionate the people are for their city. I cannot wait to go back. I plan on revisiting in a year or so. I didn’t go whitewater rafting. And now, with that secondary word, yikes! Don’t know if I would!!

  2. Steffi April 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm · Reply

    Sarajevo seems an exciting place to visit! How far does English go there?

    • Diana April 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm · Reply

      I was OK not being able to speak the language. The younger people are all fluent in English. Sarajevo is definitely one of my favorite cities I have visited.

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